[27.01.2011 19:03 UTC] Více autorů
Heger presents health care reform bills
Health Minister Leos Heger has presented three reform bills that he says will bring better-quality health care, quicker, more accessible emergency service and extend patients' rights. Mr Heger said the reforms, which will be presented to the government’s legislative council in June, would allow health care finances to better cover the salaries of personnel. The ministry is currently overwhelmed with a salary protest among hospital doctors, whose planned resignation could paralyse some hospital wards. He confirmed on Thursday that he had received a go-ahead from the government coalition to negotiate with the dissatisfied doctors, but declined to elaborate, saying he would like to convey the plan to the doctors first. Some 280 billion crowns flows through the Czech health care system a year. The Transparency International corruption watchdog says more than 27 billion are annually wasted due to corruption and vague rules.
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